Factors in a Successful College Experience

How does community or cultural identity influence the decisions to attend or graduate from college? Clips from the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill, introduce class members to the issues two Native American seniors face as they consider post-high school plans. Viewers compare and contrast their own experiences with those of Thomas and Tamara of the Navajo nation. The richly detailed plan includes small group and whole-class activities, discussion questions, and links to primary and secondary source materials. A great resource.

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CCSS: Designed
  • Includes a wealth of resources
  • Participants are asked to make personal connections to the issues raised by the activities and readings


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